If you love a good home-cooked meal, but are not as handy in the kitchen as you wish you were, I highly recommend sous vide cooking. And I can’t think of a better option than the Chef Steps Joule. Right now on Amazon, you can save $30 on both the white and stainless steel models, which usually sell for $179 and $199, respectively. The $20 difference between the two is simply the added aesthetic touch of the stainless steel–otherwise they're identical in form and function.
While Reviewed.com rated the Joule the second best option, compared to the Anova, this device is the best choice in my book. The Joule is sleek and small enough to fit in a drawer, and it’s got WiFi built right into it. Why WiFi? Well, unlike the Anova, there is no display on the device itself. Instead, the Joule pairs with an app that’s even more stunning that the precision cooker itself, making it even easier to learn how to sous vide.
You can access step-by-step guides for cooking everything from steak and chicken to vegetables, desserts, and new experimental recipes. These guides include written instructions as well as helpful GIFs that show you what you should be doing. I actually learned how to properly sear meats thanks to this app, and it’s given me even more confidence to experiment in the kitchen.
Not sure what temperature to set for a particular recipe? Joule will show you what the outcome will be at each temperature and automatically set the correct corresponding time. The result, no matter what you’re making, is perfectly cooked food every time. No training or guesswork required.
Get your own Chef Steps Joule precision cooker on Amazon for $30 off in all-white ($149) or white and stainless steel ($168.96).
Prices are accurate at the time this article was published, but may change over time.